Top 10 Articles of 2013

Before I get to my list, I just wanted to say:  I hope you’ll be joining us tomorrow for my Online New Year’s Eve Party.  It’s a party for anyone who is celebrating alone or at home.  ScyFy is airing episodes of The Twilight Zone from 12/31/13 (8 am EST) to 01/02/14 (5 am EST).  So far we have 23 guests attending on Facebook—people with chronic illnesses like Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Myasthenia Gravis, Primary Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Diabetes, Muscular Dystrophy, and Bipolar Disorder among other conditions.  RodI’ve spent the past few New Year’s Eve celebrations alone at home in pain watching the TZ marathon.  This year I’m so happy to be watching with other people—Fashionably ill is about community.  I feel blessed to have connected with so many of my readers on this blog especially through Facebook and Twitter at


Without further ado, here’s my New Year’s Eve countdown.


#10:  WEGO November Challenge; Say WHAT?

#9:  8 Things NOT to say to a Sick Person

#8:  How Pilates Centers Me; WEGO Challenge

#7:  How to Look Great While Wearing Masks; Eyeliner

#6:  About Fashionably ill: Intro to the Blog

#5:  5 Ways Illness Has Positively Changed My Holidays

#4:  3 Tips for Celebrating a Holiday Alone

dreamstime_xl_19993620#3:  4 Tips for Casting Off Self-Hate and Loving Your Body More

#2:  5 Ways to Maintain Mental Health Despite Chronic Pain & Fatigue

#1:  Roadblock: When Mental Health Stigma Prevents Treatment of Physical Pain


fireworks-1257847-mHappy New Year, everyone!  Looking forward to surviving illness with you through style and humor in 2014.

-Your Stylist,

Jessica Gimeno


Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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